ISA CISS Thessaloniki 2016: Call for Proposals

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The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Wednesday, February 17th.


The Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of ISA in collaboration with the American College in Thessaloniki, Greece, will host an international conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, from June 13 to June 15, 2016.

The theme of the conference is Boundaries and Borders in an Evolving World Order: Challenges and Prospects.

This conference will critically examine key dimensions of two competing trends in contemporary life: on the one hand, the movement across borders of people, goods, services and information and, on the other hand, the reassertion of national, ethnic, racial and religious boundaries within national societies. The tensions between these two competing trends raise fundamental questions about the adequacy of existing explanatory frameworks and policy prescriptions in addressing the challenges posed to world order in a whole set of issue areas that include migration, forced displacement, inclusive governance, identity formation, human protection and accountability. Ongoing global debates on how to address these challenges range between calls for rethinking the moral relevance of borders and the hardening of social boundaries within national societies, and calls for the securitization of policy prescriptions so as to ensure sharper distinctions between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders.’

This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, government officials, representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and civic leaders to critically discuss some of the main challenges in these and related issue areas and explore the prospects for sustainable policy options consistent with international norms and standards. It is the expectation of the organizers that several publications (books and/or special issues of scholarly journals) will result from the conference.

The organizers invite interdisciplinary proposals employing various conceptual and methodological approaches. All types of submissions (individual papers, panel proposals, and roundtables) are welcome. Panel and roundtable proposals must include at least three papers, a chair and a discussant (the chair may also serve either as a paper presenter or as a discussant). Proposals may address a broad range of issues including, but not limited, to:

  • The relationship between national borders and social boundaries
  • The moral relevance of borders and boundaries
  • Securitization of migration
  • The economic and social effects of migration cross-flows
  • The politics of financialization after 2008
  • Identity formation
  • Religion, communal boundaries and migration
  • Human security and protection
  • Domestic and international accountability mechanisms
  • The role of national and international human rights institutions in addressing inter and intra-group tensions
  • The role of the media in the construction of boundaries
  • Civil society organizations and inclusive governance